Royal Mint Is Launching Winnie The Pooh 50p Coins
Coin collectors, hold on to your hats: The Royal Mint is launching a 50p Winnie the Pooh coin.
The lovable bear will grace the first coin in a series of three celebrating the 100th birthday of the character created by A.A. Milne, with the others also inspired by the authors classic stories.
It's been confirmed the first 50p coin will feature Pooh, with the second Christopher Robin, and a third Piglet coin.
While The Royal Mint has confirmed the coins are being launched, they will not enter circulation, meaning there's no chance you'll find one in your hand full of change.
However, the coin makers are expected to sell brilliant uncirculated versions of the coins for roughly £10 each, based on previous launches.
The mint is currently allowing collectors to register their interest via an online form.
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"Bee-ginning with Winnie the Pooh 50p coin, we are introducing a series of designs inspired by the classic stories of A.A. Milne. Welcome Winnie the Pooh and friends into your life as they appear for the first time on a UK 50p coin."
While the design of the coins is being kept top secret for now, the Royal Proclamation, dated 24th July 2020, rather vaguely stated that the design would feature "a depiction of Winnie the Pooh accompanied by the inscription 'WINNIE THE POOH'".
It's predicted we'll get a classic sketch of the Pooh bear wearing his red jumper and clutching a pot of his beloved honey, perhaps illustrated by E. H. Shepard as in the original books or the updated drawing by Disney.
Winnie the Pooh was originally published in 1926 by A.A. Milne and tells of the adventures of Christopher Robin's honey-loving teddy bear and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Kanger, and Rabbit.
You can register your interest for the Winnie the Pooh coin at The Royal Mint here.
Featured Image Credit: Disney